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ISSUES IN DEPTH
War And Profiteering
"The Future of Iraq: The Spoils of War," Blood and oil: How the West will profit from Iraq's most precious commodity, by Danny Fortson, Andrew Murray-Watson and Tim Webb, The Independent/UK, Jan. 7, 2007
"Cheney is Longtime Bad News for U.S.," by John Nichols, by the Madison Capital Times (Wisconsin), Jan. 16, 2007
"Bush administration provokes open war on Iran: Irbil raid, and other operations, authorized "several months ago," by Larry Chin, Global Research, Jan. 15, 2007
"Iran: The Next War," by James Bamford, Rolling Stone, July 24, 2006
Those Who Dared to Come Forward
Compilation of Washington insiders speaking out on Bush administration policies and actions
Project for the New American Century's Letter to President Clinton on Iraq, Jan. 26, 1998 Urges President Clinton to remove the threat that Iraq poses by stating a strategy to do so in his "upcoming State of the Union Address."
"Iraq On The Record," U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman report, March 16, 2004
"Greenspan Testimony Highlights Bush Plan for Deliberate Federal Bankruptcy," by Michael Meurer, truthout.org, March 2, 2004
"Noam Chomsky on Middle East Conflict and U.S. War Plan Against Iraq," Between The Lines interview with Noam Chomsky, conducted by Scott Harris, for the Week Ending May 3, 2002
"The Iraq War & The Bush Administration's Pursuit of Global Domination," Counterpoint, Sept. 15, 2003
The Iraq Crisis, a Global Policy Forum, U.N. Security Council section on the 13 years of sanctions and other background of the war, the humanitarian situation, the importance of Iraq's huge oil resources, and disputes over a post-war government and reconstruction plan
"Occupation, Inc." Southern Exposure, Winter, 2003/2004
"Pipeline Politics: Oil, The Taliban, and the Political Balance of Central Asia," World Press Review Special Report, Nov.-Dec. 2001
"War Profiteering," by The Nation editors, April 24, 2003
"An Annotated Saddam Chronology," ZNet, Dec. 15, 2003
"Martial Law Threat is Real," by Dave Lindorff, commondreams.org, July 27, 2007
"ACLU: US Constitution in Grave Danger,"United Press International, July 25, 2007
"Old-line Republican warns 'something's in the works' to trigger a police state," by Muriel Kane, Rawstory.com July 19, 2007
"Fascist America, in 10 easy steps," by Naomi Wolf, The Guardian, April 24, 2007
"Keeping Secrets: The Bush administration is doing the public's business out of the public eye. Here's how--and why," by Christopher H. Schmitt and Edward T. Pound, U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 12, 2003
"Fascism Anyone?" 14 Signs of Fascism, Free Inquiry Magazine, Volume 23, No. 2
"Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism," The Crisis Papers, June 9, 2003
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THIS WEEK'S PROGRAM
This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:
House Defeats Iraq War Funding,In an unexpected move on May 15, the Democratic-led House of Representatives voted against a $166 billion supplemental funding bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. One hundred thirty-two Republican members of the House abstained by voting, "present" in protest of the Democratic leadership decision to attach unrelated provisions to the war funding bill. In the end, the measure went down to defeat by 149 to 141, with nearly two-thirds of Democrats opposing continued funding of the war. Democrats passed a non-binding resolution setting December 2009 as the month by which they want to see the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. The war funding legislation move now to the U.S. Senate where it is expected to pass.
Measure Likely to be Approved in the Senate
Interview with Leslie Cagan,
national coordinator of United for Peace and Justice,
conducted by Scott Harris
With an April CBS News - New York Times public opinion poll finding that 62 percent of Americans believe that President Bush's war in Iraq was a mistake, and that the war is a major factor in current U.S. economic problems, it's not surprising that presumptive Republican presidential candidate John McCain is changing his position on the war.
In a recent speech forecasting what the nation would look like after his first year in the White House, McCain predicted that the Iraq War will be won and most U.S. troops will be home by January 2013. In past statements McCain had condemned timetables for withdrawal, saying that it amounted to setting a date for "surrender." Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with Leslie Cagan, national coordinator with United for Peace and Justice, the nation's largest anti-war coalition, who examines the defeat of the war funding bill, and the anti-war movement's strategy for making their voice heard in the presidential election campaign.
Contact United for Peace and Justice, the nationwide coalition of peace groups by calling (212) 868-5545 or visit their website at www.unitedforpeace.org
Full disclosure: Leslie Cagan sits on Between The Lines' community advisory board.
Campaign Launched to Increase AwarenessAlmost two decades ago, author Bill McKibben wrote "The End of Nature," the first book about global warming for a general audience. In recent years, he's coupled his writing with grassroots activism around climate change. In 2007, he and a handful of his students at Middlebury College in Vermont organized the Step It Up campaign, which inspired Americans to gather at 1,400 events to demand Congress act on the issue.
of Global Warming Breaking Point
Interview with Bill McKibben,
author and climate activist,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
McKibben has just launched a new project, called 350.org. It's an online campaign to raise international awareness about the science that tell us that if humans can't lower the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million -- and soon -- we will cause irreversible damage to the earth and life as we know it will no longer be sustainable.
The campaign will employ protest, music, art, video and the Internet to make every person on the planet aware that the number 350 represents safety from the effects of global warming. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with McKibben about his new project, and his hopes for the 2008 presidential election campaign to seriously address the issue of climate change.
Author and climate activist Bill McKibben is founder of 350.org. For more information, visit the group's website at 350.org.
California Court Approves Gay Marriage,The California Supreme Court ruled on May 15 that the state law banning marriage between same-sex couples is unconstitutional. The decision will make California the second state, after Massachusetts, where gay and lesbian residents can legally marry. The Court, by a 4 to 3 margin, overturned Proposition 22, approved by 62 percent of California voters in 2000, that outlawed gay marriage.
Major Referendum Battle is Set for November
Interview with Wayne Beson,
founding executive director
of the Gay rights group, Truth Wins Out,
conducted by Scott Harris
A coalition of social conservative groups and churches recently submitted more than one million signatures needed to place a referendum question on the November ballot that would ban gay marriage within the state constitution. Although California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had twice vetoed laws passed by the state legislature legalizing gay marriage, the movie actor turned politician does not support the ballot initiative.
In reacting to the decision, Barack Obama's campaign issued a statement saying that the candidate respects the decision of the California Supreme Court, and continues to believe that states should make their own decisions when it comes to the issue of marriage. In contrast, Republican candidate John McCain said he supports the right of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution sanctioning the union between a man and a woman. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Wayne Beson, founding executive director of the gay rights group, Truth Wins Out. He explains his support for the court ruling and assesses the impact the decision may have on the presidential campaign.
Wayne Beson is founding executive director of the gay rights group, Truth Wins Out. Contact the group by calling (347) 463-9582 or visit their website at truthwinsout.org
This week's summary
of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
Executive producer: Scott Harris
Segment producers: Scott Harris, Melinda Tuhus
Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Elaine Osowski
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"The Backlash That Wasn't: The Muted Reaction To the California Gay Marriage Ruling," by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, May 20, 2008
"Chuck Hagel Takes On McCain, Praises Obama," by Sam Stein, Huffington Post, May 20, 2008
"A Fifth Top Aide To McCain Resigns," Washington Post, May 19, 2008
"Inverted Totalitarianism: A New Way Of Understanding How The U.S, Is Controlled," by Chalmers Johnson, TruthDig, May 19, 2008
"Low-Income Renters To Pay For Housing Bailout," by Dean Baker, Truthout, May 19, 2008
"The Death Of The Permanent Republican Majority," by brownsox, Daily Kos, May 18, 2008
"Hillary Is White," by Zillah Eisenstein, Common Dreams, May 18, 2008
"McCain Can Run But Bush Won't Hide," by Frank Rich, The New York Times, May 18, 2008
"Big GOP Losses In Congress Likely, Even If McCain Wins," McClatchy Newspapers, May 18, 2008
"Democrats Call Upon GOP To Support New GI Bill," Associated Press, May 17, 2008
"U.S. Environmental Official Admits White House Influenced Emissions Decision," Guardian/UK, May 19, 2008
"Keeping Secrets: In Presidential Memo, A New Designation For Classifying Information," Washington Post, May 18, 2008
"The Bushes And Hitler's Appeasement," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, May 18, 2008
"Whistle-Blower Points To Target List In U.S. Attack On Hotel," by Amy Goodman, TruthDig, May 15, 2008
"White House Knew Of The Pentagon Domestic Propaganda Program," by smintheus, Daily Kos, May 14, 2008
"The Torture Professor," by Robert Gammon, East Bay Express (California), May 14, 2008
American Empire/War Profiteering
"White House Denies Story About Attacking Iran," Associated Press, May 20, 2008
"To Admiral William Fallon ((USN Ret.): An Appeal For Straight Talk On Iran," by Ray McGovern, Common Dreams, May 20, 2008
"Latin America Has 'Created Its Own Neighborhood,'" by Federico Fuentes, Green Left Weekly, May 19, 2008
"Thousands Killed By U.S.'s Korean Ally," Associated Press, May 19, 2008
"U.S. Official: Navy Plane May Have Crossed Venezuelan Airspace," Associated Press, May 19, 2008
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
"Iraq Vets Testify To War Atrocities, Vow To Fight And Resist Bush Policy," by Liliana Segura, AlterNet, May 20, 2008
"New Troops In Iraq Will Keep Number At 140,000," Washington Post, May 20, 2008
"City Of The Dead: Mosul On Lockdown," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, May 19, 2008
"Soldier Refuses Iraq Tour, Citing 'Stomach-Churning' Horrors," by Aaron Glantz, Inter Press Service, May 17, 2008
"Iraq Veterans Describe Atrocities To Lawmakers," by Aaron Glantz, Inter Press Service, May 17, 2008
"U.S. Soldier Uses Quran For Target Practice; Military Apologizes," CNN, May 17, 2008
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"Government May Have Massive Surveillance Program for Use in 'National Emergency,'" by Satyam Khanna, Think Progress, May 20, 2008
"Wanna Know A Secret (Law)?," by Sean Gonsalves, Common Dreams, May 20, 2008
"British Contemplate 'Big Brother' Database For Phones And Emails," Times Online/UK, May 20, 2008
"An Open Letter On Psychologists Engaged In Torture: If Not Now, When?," by Dr. Trudy Bond, Counterpunch, May 19, 2008
"Blacklisted By the Bush Government," by Tim Shorrock, Salon, May 19, 2008
"Betrayals, Backsliding And Boycotts: The Ongoing Collapse Of The Gitmo Military Commissions," by Andy Worthington, Counterpunch, May 17/18, 2008
"Big Brother Close Up: An FBI Terrorism Conference In The Heartland," by Stan Cox, Counterpunch, May 15, 2008
"On Being Ashamed Of One's Country," by Sandy Levinson, Balkinization, May 15, 2008
"The Shameful Mistreatment of Foreigners," by Jacob G. Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation, May 15, 2008
"Italian's Detention Illustrates Dangers Foreign Visitors Face," The New York Times, May 14, 2008
"The Tortured Law On Torture," by Robert Scheer, TruthDig, May 13, 2008
"World Carbon Dioxide Levels Highest for 650,000 years, says U.S.Report," by David Adam, The Guardian UK, May 13, 2008
"Civilization's Last Chance:The Planet Is Nearing a Tipping Point on Climate Change, and It Gets Much Worse, Fast", by Bill McKibben, Los Angeles Times, May 11, 2008
"Warming world altering thousands of natural systems" by Emma Marris, NatureNews.com, May 14, 2008
"Celebrate clean coal? Come on!" by Diane Silver, Salon.com, May 14, 2008
"The Fourth Estate Fails Again," by Philip Giraldi, Antiwar.com, May 20, 2008
"Comcast Not Alone In Impeding Data Transfer: Report," Associated Press, May 16, 2008
"Obama Stands Up To Bush, The FCC And Big Media," by Matt Stoller, Open Left, May 16, 2008
"Senate Votes To Revive Ban On Media Cross-Ownership," Associated Press, May 16, 2008
"Propaganda And The Media," by Joseph L. Galloway, McClatchy Newspapers, May 16, 2008
"Torture Protests At UC Law School Ceremony," San Francisco Chropnicle, May 18, 2008